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Research on Biomedical Engineering
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ECG-based detection of left ventricle hypertrophy

Zago, Gabriel Tozatto; Andreão, Rodrigo Varejão; Rodrigues, Sérgio Lamego; Mill, José Geraldo; Sarcinelli Filho, Mário

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Introduction: Left ventricle hypertrophy (LVH) is an important risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. It is characterized by a thickening of the walls of the left ventricle. The transthoracic echocardiogram is a very accurate method for LVH detection. However, the electrocardiogram (ECG) offers an alternative method in diagnosing LVH, besides being less expensive and easier to obtain. In this context, this study proposes an ECG based approach for left ventricle hypertrophy (LVH) classification. Methods: According to the literature, several indexes have so far been proposed that suggest specific changes in cardiac structure, however, generally speaking there is no consensus about the best criteria. This way, instead of considering only one LVH criterion, a score derived from electrocardiographic traces was employed which explores the complementarity of the best criteria through a fusion strategy. The best criteria are those which discriminate normal and LVH ECGs. Results: The experiments were performed in the Monica database with a group of fifty men. Half of the individuals had LVH diagnosed by calculating the left ventricular mass index measured by transthoracic echocardiography. The score fusion proposed achieved a sensitivity of 78.3% and specificity of 91.3%, outperforming all isolated LVH criteria. Discussion: Unlike the other methods, our score must be estimated within a computer because of its high complexity. Even with this limitation it is much less expensive than using the echocardiography.


Left ventricle hypertrophy, Electrocardiogram, Score fusion.


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